New Site - FIELD / SAFETY RULES proposals

  1. All fliers must observe field discipline and comply with all relevant B.M.F.A. safety codes as contained within the member's handbook along with Civil Aviation publication (CAP) 658, and the Air Navigation Order
  2. All flying is to be done in the designated areas only (refer to sketch in caravan). Overflying of neighbouring properties, and access roads. Low flight over public footpaths, car boot sale area and any shared site users is to be avoided at all times. A common sense approach and reasonable behaviour is expected in this respect. Gliders and Electric Assisted Gliders seeking or tracking thermal lift need not observe the dead airspace rules but low flight over the pit area or car park is not allowed
  3. All vehicles must be parked in the designated area and should take care when being driven onto the field in wet or icy conditions. Especially when there is a chance of causing rutting of the access roads and entry points. Under NO circumstances should cars be driven on the Pit area or runways
  4. All fliers must observe the established flight line and stand in the pilots area whilst flying. Any variations to suit daily conditions may be made by the clubs Instructors present. Occasionally it may be necessary to use an alternative flight line to suit a certain model type, to cater for circumstances beyond our control (Car Boot sale etc.) or to allow for sun, wind, eventualities or emergencies. Good communications between all pilots is key but DO NOT use both flight lines for normal circuit flying simultaneously. Any spectators must remain in the designated area whilst flying is in progress unless cleared to do otherwise
  5. The road approaching the access to the field should be treated as a private thoroughfare, and members will give-way at all times to vehicles, pedestrians and horses. Parking on the main access lane off the A580 is not allowed
  6. Any accident involving a third party must be reported to the clubs B.M.F.A. Delegate as soon as possible, who will then inform the Executive Committee
  7. Unqualified pilots must not fly without the supervision of an Instructor. If no Instructors are present at the site, any member holding a BMFA 'B' Certificate may act as supervisor until a club Instructor arrives
  8. Appropriate use should be made of all available pit area, and under NO circumstances should engines be set up in the immediate vicinity of the pilots who are flying at that time
  9. Models having their engines "Run In" on the ground must not be left unattended whilst the engine is running
  10. On matters of field safety needing an immediate decision, the responsibility lies with the Instructors, a member of the Executive Committee or two committee members, in that order
  11. Dogs should not be allowed to run around the pit area or runways. Owners must ensure that they clean up after their pets
  12. Children must be closely supervised at all times and must not be allowed to run around the pit area or runways.
  13. All persons under the age of 14 shall be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times
  14. No person under the age of 14 shall start an engine or carry a model with the motor running unless they are under the supervision of a responsible adult
  15. No person under the age of 14 shall fly a model aircraft without the supervision of a responsible adult.
  16. Children or vulnerable adults must not be left at the flying site without responsible adult supervision. For full details refer to appendix A of the club constitution
  17. Due consideration will be given at all times to trainee or novice pilots in the circuit
  18. In the event that the pleasure or concentration of a pilot is affected by the flying style of another, precedence will be given to the pilot who was airborne first
  19. Any person wishing to enter or cross the active runway area must seek clearance and gain confirmation from all pilots flying at the time before doing so
  20. No person shall attempt to retrieve a model from any farmland adjacent to the flying site without prior consultation with the appointed safety officers for the day, to ensure that the situation is properly assessed and minimal disruption caused. If it is considered by the safety officers that the landowner's permission should be sought before retrieving the model, it will be the owner of the model and one of the safety officers who must approach them for permission. Failure to comply will result in dismissal from the membership. In light of problems associated with the recovery of lost models, all models should carry the address and telephone number of the owner. It is also the committee's strong recommendation that models carry some form of lost model indication device
  21. 35Mhz transmitters should not be taken away from the flightline when retrieving aircraft from a distance, unless to do so would aid retrieval of the model. In this instance the matter should be brought to the attention of the safety officers to prevent overflying of the transmitter, and the aerial must be kept retracted at all times
  22. Where practical, models should face outward from the pit area and should be adequately restrained. Turbine and "Pusher" powered aircraft should face inward. Turbines must be sited away from the paved spectator area, and be operated in accordance with the JMA and BMFA Guidelines for their safe operation. Operators of Gas Turbine engines are expected to provide their own approved Fire Extinguisher. If club owned Fire Extinguishers are used, they must be replaced or refilled by the person who required them within a period of 14 days
  23. In the interest of safety a helper's assistance should be sought when running up engines and taking models to the runway for take-off. All helpers must be covered by B.M.F.A. Insurance. The use of an assistant for pilots with IC Helicopters and Turbines is strongly advised for starting and carrying the model to the flight line
  24. All new or repaired models should be "checked out" by an Instructor or their appointed deputy before being allowed to fly. All models are subject to random safety spot checks which will be carried out by an Instructor. If in his opinion a model is unsafe to fly or does not conform to club rules, it will be grounded until rectified
  25. Generally, no more than six aircraft may be flown in the circuit at any one time unless special provision is made, although simultaneous Helicopter or MultiRotor hovering and flight of smaller 'toy like' models may be conducted in the designated areas* if space and safety permit. MultiRotors, autogyros and Fixed Wing may share the same airspace but only with the agreement of all pilots flying at the time. Any 3D or close-in flight near the pilots box should be avoided if other pilots are present, unless the 3D pilot was airborne first; it was his intention to fly like this when he took off and the other pilots were made aware of that fact when they asked for flight clearance. Helicopter and Fixed wing flight should be segregated. * The designated areas are the drainage ditch end of the crosswind runway or the Western end of the Main runway dependent on the strip in use. Good communication should be maintained between pilots
  26. Persons operating their transmitter without complying with the frequency control system in use, who are involved in an incident where interference is caused to a flying model, may be suspended from flying for one calendar month. In this occurrence the committee will consider all the facts and legislate as they see fit
  27. Members must ensure that they make an adequate attempt to minimise the noise emitted by their model. Where practical "Add On" silencers and "Quiet" props should be fitted unless the model reads below 82 decibels at 7 metres without them
  28. All operational fail-safe's in use on powered models operated from our TMFC club site must set the throttle to tick-over, not hold, (stopped in the case of electric power) regardless of the other control operations governed by the failsafe. Pilots should be able to demonstrate that the failsafe is correctly setup if required. Particular care should be taken when modifying 2.4Ghz setups after the initial binding process
  29. The clubs Electric Flight pack charging station should be used at all times in accordance with the locally posted notices appertaining to its use. LiPo sacks should be used where possible for charging LiPo cells especially where no cell balancer is being utilised. Novices with little or no experience of using the system should seek the assistance of more experienced club members before hooking in

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